State mulls solar water supply system for 12 villages - EntornoInteligente
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Dehradun : The state government is planning to launch a solar-powered water supply system to provide running water to 12 villages of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts by next month. The state-of-the-art facility will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore. The project has been conceptualised under the central government scheme to bolster piped water supply coverage areas across the country. In Uttarakhand , the project is being handled by the Swajal department, which has already invited bids for the project. The project’s nodal officer, executive engineer, Sunil Tiwari told TOI, “The project is aimed to cater the villages which do not have piped water supply in Uttarakhand. As many as 12 villages from two districts have been chosen for the ambitious project in Uttarakhand. In these villages, solar power would be used in the water supply system.” Solar backed unit would be installed on the lands provided by the panchayats of these villages. “The solar power machine would lift water from the tubewell to the overhead RCC tank (with a capacity of 50,000 litres) and then water would be supplied to households in the villages,” said Tiwari. The official added that private contractors would be tasked with maintaining the system and ensuring that water is supply to each household in these villages. “The village panchayats would monitor the quality management aspect of the project.” Meanwhile, observers claim the project lacks cost viability. “Besides maintenance cost, the budget required to build a unit including, tube wells and solar panels and then lay pipelines to each house in the village makes the project inviable,” a city-based businessman, who is involved in this area, told TOI.
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